Virtually Less Expensive

By Jessica Davis  |  Print this article Print

From mega acquisitions to giant vertical vendor stacks to technology trends such as virtualization and cloud computing, the data center stage was set for drama in 2009. Here's a look back at some of the key plot points from this past year.

Virtually Less Expensive
As IT organizations looked to hold off on hardware purchases during a recessionary year, more took advantage of the server-consolidation benefits of virtualization. VMware retained its stronghold in the server virtualization market as Microsoft looked to make inroads with its Hyper-V hypervisor released a little over a year ago.

Meanwhile, companies began to also look at desktop virtualization as a technology that could potentially both centralize IT management of clients and reduce the expense of a client hardware refresh. And solution providers are looking to VMware’s new View 4 PC-over-IP technology as a route to providing PC-as-a-service offerings to end customers. Stay tuned.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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